Is Bedwetting Hereditary?

About Bedwetting In Children

Bedwetting is quite a common condition in many children across the United States of America. Bedwetting is a normal process in children under the age of 4 since the bladder of the child is in the process of development. However, by the age of 6 or 7, the problem of bedwetting goes away on its own once the bladder has developed completely. However, in some children despite the bladder being completely developed they are not able to hold the urine, especially while sleeping at night resulting in Bedwetting.

Children above the age of 7 who have a problem with Bedwetting may have problems with their kidneys or have a small bladder which is not able to hold the urine that is produced during the day resulting in Bedwetting at night.

Bedwetting in older children is a condition which may significantly dent the confidence of the child. The child may have a low self esteem and may be reluctant to go for social gatherings or family functions where he or she may have to spend the night. Such children may also live in constant fear that their peers may find out that they have a problem with Bedwetting at night.

While medical conditions can cause bedwetting at night in many cases, this condition being hereditary is also an area which needs to be looked at.

Is Bedwetting Hereditary?

Is Bedwetting Hereditary?

The answer to this question is yes. Various studies have suggested majority of the cases of Bedwetting is inherited. Studies estimate that 4 out of every 5 children have either their parents or first degree relatives who have had the same problem in their childhood.

Some researchers have even pinpointed the genes responsible for bedwetting at night namely has some fault with chromosome 12 and 8. If the parents communicate this to their children they get benefited by the fact that they are not the only ones who have been facing the problem with Bedwetting but their parents or relatives also had it too.

In conclusion, it can be stated that in majority of the cases Bedwetting is an inherited condition and most children who have a problem with bedwetting have either their parents or siblings who have had the same problem when they were kids themselves.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:September 27, 2018

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